Mountain View’s Larson, Duldulao run wild in state quarterfinal win

Mountain View running backs Matthew Larson and Jacob Duldulao are known as “Smash and Dash.”

On Saturday, the duo helped the Saints smash a program milestone and dash into the Division III state semifinals.

Larson and Duldulao each topped 200 rushing yards to lead Mountain View to a 56-7 home win over Needles in a state quarterfinal.

“The blockers always block, the perimeter always blocks, and Jacob and I find the holes that our blockers lead for us,” Larson said.

Larson rushed for 250 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries, and Duldulao added 205 yards and four TDs on 12 rushes.

Mountain View (10-1) reached 10 wins in a season for the first time since moving to 11-man play in 2008. The Saints will host Battle Mountain (7-3) in a state semifinal on Saturday.

A 1-yard TD run by Mason Cisneros helped pull Needles (4-6) within 14-7 with 7 minutes, 44 seconds left in the first half, but Larson bolted for a 68-yard TD run on Mountain View’s next play to begin a string of 42 unanswered points.

“I couldn’t be more proud of that offensive line,” Saints coach Mike Valenzuela said.

Bernard Williams ran for 31 yards and a TD on seven carries for Mountain View, which compiled 567 rushing yards.

Kobee McCorkle led Needles with 47 yards on 18 carries.

Contact reporter Tristan Aird at taird@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-5203. Follow him on Twitter: @tristanaird.

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